With proper anesthetics and a professional taking care of your teeth, this procedure can be as painful or as painless as taking a band-aid off. It is very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can be easily handled with over the counter pain nonopioid painkillers and ice.
Implants tend to be more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods, such as dentures or bridgework. But they last years longer and are not likely to be replaced. So they are the best long-term permanent solution for your oral health.
You take care of them the same way you would as in your natural teeth, brushing, mouthwash and flossing. These implants never decay, albeit the gum tissue surrounding them might become inflamed, but with general everyday dental care your implants are safe.
Implants are made from an inert material, this means they contain no living cells. The titanium of which they are made of is biocompatible so your body won’t reject an implant. There is no need for costly immunomodulation medication, and allergies to these sorts of materials are below 1%. Implants can fail to integrate to jawbone if an infection is present, but this is also rare. Implants have a success rate of 95%.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you are in need of one. Nonetheless, you can only be 100% sure if you visit your dentist and talk to that healthcare professional about it. This consultation usually involves a minimally invasive X-Ray of your jawbone. So consult and don’t be afraid to ask your dentist about them.